Fire alarm systems
are provided within commercial & residential properties as both an legal requirement or, as an engineered method to ensure:1
. Early warning of fire & smoke provision plus+2
. Provide enough time for persons to escape to an final place of safety
Many organisations can become confused over the requirements of the fire alarm system fitted, required and/ or managed within their premises.Such as
- Commercial Office Blocks or, Blocks of Flats or, HMO Properties.
This can be because either multiple occupancy shared premises are used or, separate management companies are organising the fire risk assessment and fire alarm services.
Primarily, it is because not enough 'helpful information' is provided to the client/ end-user to HELP ensure both training & knowledge of their premises fire alarm systems are maintained - Insofar as (all end-users) have an suitable fire alarm system working 'in-harmony' with their fire evacuation strategy & management policy procedure for their building occupancy.
The organisation may have regards the system or type of system installed, other than that indicated in an 'Certificate of Inspection'.
However, it may not know if its call points or other devices linked to the fire alarm panel are being serviced, maintained & checked to British Standards or indeed, if the systems in-place are actually legally required..?
As fire risk assessors, our job is to assess the building and building services provided related to life safety protection - an example includes services as:1
. Fire Alarm Systems - Commercial - BS 5839- Part 12
. Fire Alarm Systems - Residential - BS 5839 - Part 6
We see many installations and reporting certificates of inspection relating to each individual type of premises. Right & Wrong..!
9x out of 10, most fire alarm certificates indicate one way or the other - (subject to an suitable fire risk assessment)..! In other words, an suitable fire risk assessment is required to approve or validate their certificate of inspection. Read into it what you will. It is clear an Fire Risk Assessment is required in almost ALL cases.Fire Alarm System Classification
: Commercial Premises
:Fire Alarm Systems - Commercial Properties: BS 5839 - Part 1
L1 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
L2 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
L3 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
L4 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
L5 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
P1 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
P2 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)Fire Alarm System Classification
: Residential Premises
:Fire Alarm Systems - Residential Properties: BS 5839 - Part 6
LD1 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
LD2 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
LD3 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
PD1 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)
PD2 - Fire Risk Assessment to discuss (if required)Smoke & Heat Detection
come/with Carbon Monoxide
: Multi-Use - Smoke, Heat & C0 Detection: Combination
Many smoke & heat detection units, come/ with C0 (carbon monoxide) detection, are the one-fits-all solution for fire & C0 detection - Incorrect
Smoke/ Heat detectors that come/ with 'carbon monoxide' detection will STILL require an separate C0 detector alarm unit for your individual gas boiler unit.
We strongly advise ANY smoke or heat detection units provided with carbon monoxide cells, and as such, conform to the environment they are sited within.
We also suggest that ALL Carbon Monoxide (ALARMS
), are assessed, installed & sited & fitted separately to ANY required fire & smoke detection units assessed/ fitted and/ or required for the building to BS 5839 parts 1 or 6.
This type of alarm (C0 - carbon monoxide), is intended to give an alarm signal at much higher carbon monoxide levels than any other type of combined carbon monoxide fire & smoke/ heat detectors, and as such, they (combined smoke/ heat & C0 units), are therefore 'NOT SUITABLE
' as providing both, any or, all to the required British Standards & more importantly, either being suitable, independent &/ or, appropriate - Carbon Monoxide (C0) alarm detection for life safety.
Therefore, independent (carbon monoxide) C0 ALARM detection is ALWAYS
required where gas boilers or, other gas burning equipment is installed such as fire places, gas boilers & other gas burning units/ equipment provided where sleeping occurs or, other life safety issues may arise.
Fire risk assess both suitably & legally.
We hope this assists you further.MG Fire Safety Group
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel
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